What is a RACERS Edge? It means that you focus on Recognition, Action, Connection, Expression, Retention and Succession to keep your edge in your career.
Recognition – Recognize when you have reached your comfort zone in your role and it’s time to move on and try something new. When you are no longer excited and challenged by your work, start looking for something that stretches you.
Action – If your career is stuck in neutral, take action to shift it back to drive by identifying what you have accomplished in your current role, what you would like your next role to be and what you need to do to get there.
Connection – Connect with individuals in person rather than on the phone or by e-mail. Arrange to buy them lunch or coffee. These are people who you admire for their commitment to excellence and humility about their extraordinary achievements. They are the best at what they do and generously share their time and experience, give valuable advice, honest feedback and want you to be successful. When you connect with them use the four most courageous words in the English language: “I need your help”. If you want to make a move in your career, ask them how they became successful and who they know who can help you get to the next role in your career.
Expression – Express your gratitude to the people who work with you and contribute to your success on a daily basis. Find every opportunity to express your feedback in a positive or constructive way. Express your desire to learn skills, acquire knowledge, take on increased responsibilities to the influencers and decision-makers that can make it happen. Get yourself noticed by taking risks, sharing ideas and being innovative.
Retention – Retain your positive attitude, consistent work ethic, commitment to excellence, stellar reputation and dedication to the success of your team and organization. Retain your focus on the present, your plans for future and your learning from the past. Retain your steadfast desire to pursue continuous improvement so that you are well prepared and positioned for the many opportunities that await you.
Simplification – Simplify your day-to-day work by making communication and collaboration with others free of confusion, confrontation and complication. Find ways to simplify processes to improve productivity, promote progress and encourage proactivity. Develop a method to simplify your role so that you can leave it without much upheaval and move on in your career. Simplify your career path by seeing it as a series of zigs and zags rather than a straight line.
Since meeting my life partner three and a half years ago, I have become a big fan of certain motor sports: Formula One, World Rally Championship (WRC) and MotoGP. The competitors in these events are the world’s best in these sports. Last October, the world of motor sports lost two individuals who died doing what they loved most. They were both reaching toward the peak in their sports and beginning to enjoy the fruits of their hard work in the prime of their lives: Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli. As racing season began last month with WRC and with Formula One and Moto GP starting in the next two months, I feel that this is a fitting tribute to them and their impact on and contribution to their sport.